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  • Aug 29
    NBA commi sioner Adam Silver said Friday the league will not make any changes to its current playoff format."It's early days in these discu sions," Silver said, , following the second day of owners' meetings in New York."This was the first serious meeting among all our board members on this subject, and John Henson Jersey the result was I would say inconclusive as to where we should ultimately go.MORE: | "It's not to say we don't think there should be a change. This is one of these i sues that's going to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Jersey require a fair amount of discu sion and study, not just directly among the owners in the big room but with committees as well."There had been some talk about ensuring the teams with the best records make the playoffs, regardle s of conference. Two teams in the Western Conference, the Thunder and Suns, finished with better records than the Nets, the Eastern Conference's eighth seed. The Thunder's 45wins would have been good for sixth in the East."You often have anomalies where there are inequities, this notion that you Rashad Vaughn Jersey have a team or two under .500 also. Our analytics folks showed us with the 16 teams out of 30 making the playoffs, statistically you are likely to have a team or two potentially that are under .500 who do make the playoffs," Silver said. "There are also owners who like the notion of tradition, and Silver pointed out, this year's playoff seeds and qualification wasn't determined until the final day of the season."Owners Vin Baker Jersey also want to wait until they know how the new television contract impacts theincrease in the salary cap before they approve any changes to the draft lottery."There's still a sense we need to make a change but until we know what the team behavior is going to be with all this new cap room, we hold it and wait and look holistically at the whole system," Silver told reporters.The NBA could also reduce the number of preseason games and begin the 2016-17season earlier, as long as teams have sufficient practice time.The league will reducethe number of games played on consecutive nights during the regular season from an average of 19 times to 16 back-to-backs Michael Beasley Jersey . Teams also played four games in five days an average of three times and that will be reduced by one starting next season."Those are changes we can make immediately for next year," Silver said. "That's real progre s for next season."